AEM, SkillsUSA team up to tackle manufacturing skills gap

AEM, SkillsUSA team up to tackle manufacturing skills gap

When it comes to workforce development, community matters. Your next generation of workers are right outside your door, down your street, or sitting in a classroom. So how do you go about introducing yourself?

It’s important for every company in the equipment manufacturing industry to seize any and all opportunities to help fill their workforce pipeline. That’s why AEM has teamed up with SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

“AEM is thrilled to be able to partner with SkillsUSA as part of our ongoing effort to open doors for the association’s members and allow them to gain access to uniquely valuable opportunities to enhance their workforce and help secure a bright future for our industry,” said Julie Davis, AEM director of workforce development.

The agreement between AEM and SkillsUSA reflects each organization’s commitment to be a solution to the skills gap, grow interest in skilled and technical trades, dispel stereotypes, as well as ensure all students are both college and career ready.

SkillsUSA provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical in classrooms across the nation. More than 345,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA each year, and there are more than 19,000 local chapters across the nation introducing their members to skills such as:

• Electrical wiring
• Welding
• CNC
• Automated manufacturing technology
• Robotics

“Leveraging partnerships such as this are vital to Wisconsin and the United States,” said SkillsUSA Wisconsin Executive Director Brent Kindred. “We are proud to be working with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Together we will make a difference.”

What AEM and SkillsUSA need from you

SkillsUSA and its local chapters  seek to foster relationships with AEM member companies like yours, throughout the country. In addition, they are looking to:
• Take a tour of your company and see how certain trade skills fit in a real-world experience.

• Meet with your organization’s skilled tradespeople and learn about why they are passionate about what they do.
• Meet with your organization’s owner, manager or HR professional to understand what you see the future holds for our industry, what future opportunities exist, and what your overall perspective is as it relates to the industry.
• Assess the willingness on the part of people within your organization to volunteer, provide resources and/or help meet other needs.

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